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Bachelor of Science in Nursing Pre-licensure Program

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The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Pre-licensure Program at Gordon State College is designed to prepare students for a rewarding career as registered nurses. Upon successful completion of the program, the unlicensed graduate is eligible to apply for licensure as a registered professional nurse after successfully passing the national licensure exam (NCLEX-RN). The mission of the Gordon State College nursing program is to educate professional nurses who are able to provide competent, quality, and holistic care that meets individual, family and community needs in a rapidly changing healthcare environment. The nursing program prepares the student for the challenges of this evolving environment through classroom, clinical, and simulation experiences.

Applicants to the program must have a formal letter of acceptance from Gordon State College or already be attending the College. Applications to the BSN Pre-Licensure Program will be available online during the designated application period. Information is posted on the website for the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at http://gordonstate.edu/bsn/bachelor-of-science-nursing. Application packets may be hand delivered or mailed to the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at Gordon State College. Applications will not be accepted by email or fax. The application form and materials must be submitted by the deadline as one packet to be considered for admission.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Pre-Licensure Program is competitive and granted on a space available basis. In order to be considered for admission, applicants must:

  1. Be admitted to Gordon State College prior to the application deadline and submit a formal acceptance letter with the application or be a current student of the College
  2. Have an cumulative/overall GPA of at least 2.75
  3. Have a minimum cumulative/overall GPA of 3.0 in ALL required science and math courses
  4. Complete all prerequisite core curriculum course work with a grade of “C” or higher by the beginning of the BSN program
  5. Completion of Kaplan Admission Test with designated score
  6. Submit all required application materials as one packet including a signed and dated application and official copies of all college transcripts and a copy of the academic transcript from Gordon State College
  7. Completed NURS 2210K, 2211K, and 2250K within 5 years of expected admission semester
  8. Not failed two (2) or more nursing courses in any nursing program, including a LPN program (A grade of “D” is considered failing in a nursing program)
  9. Not failed any nursing course with a grade of “F” in any unsuccessful attempt in a nursing program, including LPN
  10. Ability to meet technical standards – See Gordon State College Nursing and Health Sciences Technical Standards, current pp. 212-216 in the catalog

Admission to the Nursing Program is selective and competitive. Applicants are ranked from highest to lowest and the applicants with the strongest credentials will be accepted first. A student must receive a letter of acceptance from the Nursing Program to be admitted for classes. There is NO WAITING LIST for the Nursing Program. Applicants who are not accepted must reapply during the next application period. The Nursing Program reserves the right to end the application period once enough qualified applications have been received.

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Admitted Candidates

All candidates must participate in clinical experiences to meet specific course requirements in the program. Since the program of study involves working in healthcare facilities, prospective candidates must also consent and obtain the following as designated in the Nursing Student Handbook and the Clinical Nurse Manager.

  1. Health requirements: (a) health history and physical examination; (b) immunization requirements including measles, rubella, and hepatitis B and any others required by specific clinical facilities; (c) tuberculosis screening; (d) current American Heart Association CPR certification; (e) personal health insurance. Personal health insurance is a requirement of the Board of Regents in Georgia for students in healthcare professions. If students do not have personal health insurance, they will be billed through Gordon State College for the required health insurance; (f) health professions RN liability insurance. This is billed through Gordon State College.
  2. A criminal background check and drug screen. The student will be responsible for the expense of the background check and drug screen. If a student is denied a clinical experience at any clinical agency because of findings in the student’s criminal background check or drug screen, the clinical requirements for that course cannot be met. The student would then not be able to successfully complete the course; therefore, withdrawal from the program would be required. Gordon State College has no way of knowing or controlling who will be permitted to have clinical experiences in the agencies.

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Progression Policy

To progress through the BSN program, each student must attain a “C” (75%) or better to pass any nursing course and have satisfactory clinical performance.

For policies on dismissal from the program, re-entry into the program, and academic dishonesty, see the BSN Nursing Student handbook.

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Re-Admit Policy

Re-admit policy is outlined in the Student Nursing Handbook.

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Appeals Process for Academic Petition Decisions

A student has the right to appeal to the Provost or designee and to the President of the College. Failure of the student to adhere to the time deadlines described below will result in forfeiture of all rights to appeal the grade in question. If deadlines cannot be met due to legitimate reasons, the student can appeal to the office of Academic Affairs for an extension.

  1. The appeal of a decision on an academic petition must be based on substantial new evidence or sufficient grounds for good cause. Substantial new evidence constitutes that which was not available during the original review process and which has a direct bearing on the decision.
  2. On this basis, the student may appeal in writing to the Provost and must do so within five working days after the petition decision has been communicated to the student. The Provost will determine the merit of the appeal. If the appeal is determined to have merit, the Provost will consider all relevant information and render a decision.
  3. If the student is dissatisfied with the Provost’s decision, the student must appeal in writing to the President of the College within five working days after the Provost’s decision has been communicated to the student. The President will appoint a committee to review the facts and report those to the President. After consideration of the committee’s report, the President will made a decision that is final.

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GSCANS

Students are encouraged to join the Gordon State College Association of Nursing Students (GSCANS). Membership provides opportunities for interaction with peers, participation in community service activities, and transition to professional practice.

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Student Representatives

Each nursing class will elect representatives who may attend the Student Focus Committee meetings, present the general concerns of their classmates, and participate in discussion of non-confidential topics. Student representatives are not eligible to vote.

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Graduation Requirements

  1. Completion of the University System of Georgia Core Curriculum (including history and constitution requirements)
  2. Successful completion of nursing courses with a minimum grade of 75%
  3. Successful completion of 120-124 total semester hours which includes:
    • 64 semester hours USG core curriculum, including four hours from Area G
    • 60 hours of upper division nursing credit
Bachelor of Science in Nursing Core Curriculum Requirements
AREA

COURSE DESCRIPTION
AND CREDIT HOURS

COURSES

A. Essential Skills

(9 semester hours)

English Composition
English Composition II-Literature Based
College Algebra
Or Pre-calculus

ENGL 1101
ENGL 1102
MATH 1111 or 1113*

B. Institutional Options

(4 semester hours)

COLQ course

COLQ - any

C. Humanities and Fine Arts

(6 semester hours)

Please see Academic Catalog for course descriptions

Select one course from each column

ARTS 1100
ARTS 1101
ARTS 1102
COMM 1100
COMM 1110
COMM 1500
ENGL 2111
ENGL 2112
ENGL 2121
ENGL 2122
ENGL 2131
FREN 1001
FREN 1002
HUMN 1501
HUMN 1502
MUSC 1100
PHIL 2010
PHIL 2020
SPAN 1001
SPAN 1002
SPAN 1060
THEA 1000
THEA 1100

D. Health Professions

(11 semester hours)

See catalog Area D

A laboratory course sequence in biology, chemistry or physics. *Suggested sequence

(MATH 2101 Introductory statistics may be used here if not used in Area F)

One of the following sequences:
*BIOL 1111K, 1112K
BIOL 1107K, 1108K
*CHEM 1151K, 1152K (preferred)
CHEM 1211K, 1212K
PHYS 1111K, 1112K

PLUS an additional course in science, mathematics, or computer science (CSCI only - not BUSA)

E. Social Sciences

(12 semester hours)

Please see Academic Catalog for course description
*Required to take one course from HIST 1121/1122;
**Required to take one course from HIST 2111/2112;
***Choose two courses from the remaining classes.

*HIST 1121, 1122
**HIST 2111, 2112
***ANTH 1102, ECON 2105, ECON 2106, HIST 1121, HIST 1122, HIST 2111, HIST 2112, POLS 1101, 2301, POLS 2401, PSYC 1101, and SOCI 1101

F. Courses appropriate to the Major

(18 semester hours)

Anatomy and Physiology I and II w/labs
Microbiology for health sciences
Human Growth & Development
Introductory Statistics

*If MATH 2101 used in Area D, then need two other courses per Gordon State College catalogue**

BIOL 2210K, 2211K
BIOL 2250K
*MATH 2101
**PSYC 2103
**PSYC 2101
**SOCI 1160
**SOCI 2293

G. Institutional Requirements outside the Core

(4 semester hours)

In addition to Areas A-F, any student completing at least one semester of full-time enrollment must complete three credit hours from Group I. Students who complete four or more semesters of full-time enrollment must also complete one hours from Group II.

Group I: 1 Choose one of the following lecture courses: 3 hours

PHED 1001 (3-0-3)
PHED 1010 (2-1-3)

Group II: 2 Choose from the following: 0-1 hour

Any PHED class except PHED 1001, PHED 1010, and PHED 1040.

Requirement….0 – 4 HOURS

A course may not be used to satisfy requirements in more than one Area.

 
Total of 64 hours with Area G requirement of Gordon State College

 

Fall 2017
Courses and
credit hours
Spring 2018 Courses and credit hours Summer 2018 Courses and
credit hours
Fall 2018 Courses and credit hours Spring 2019 Courses and credit hours

NURS 3010 Pathophysiology/
Pharmacology for Nursing Practice
(4-0-4)

4 hours

NURS 3212 Professional Nursing Practice I
(5-6-7)

7 hours

NURS 3322 Evidence-Based Research in Nursing Practice
(3-0-3)

3 hours

NURS 4412 Professional Nursing Practice II
(6-6-8)

8 hours

NURS 4522 Leadership & Management for Nursing Practice
(3-3-4)

4 hours

NURS 3011 Nursing Assessment in the Promotion of Health and Wellness
(2-3-3)

3 hours

NURS 3220 Perspectives in Mental Health Nursing
(4-3-5)

5 hours

NURS 3324 Community Based Nursing
(3-9-6)

6 hours

NURS 4420 Perspectives in Maternal-Child Health Nursing
(5-3-6)

6 hours

NURS 4512 Professional Nursing Senior Practicum
(0-15-5)

5 hours

NURS 3012 Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice
(4-6-6)

6 hours

     

NURS 4524 Professional Nursing Transition to Practice
(3-0-3)

3 hours

TOTAL=13 TOTAL=12 TOTAL=9 TOTAL=14 TOTAL=12
  TOTAL: 60 hours  

*All core must be completed prior to admission into the BSN program. Students will be conditionally accepted if they are registered for core that meets the BSN requirements the Summer prior to admission to the program, with the contingency that a 2.75 overall GPA and a 3.0 GPA is required lab sciences and required math is maintained.

**Initially, the core as outlined by the RN to BSN curriculum will be accepted.

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SAMPLE CURRICULUM FOR STUDENTS PURSUING
Pre-Licensure BSN

Freshman Year - 1st Semester
Course Title Hours
ENGL 1101 English Composition I 3
MATH 1101 College Algebra 3
CHEM 1151 Survey of Chemnistry I 4
Area C1 Fine Arts or Foreign Language 3
Area G1 Health or Physical Fitness for Life 3
    16
Freshman Year - 2nd Semester
Course Title Hours
ENGL 1102 English Composition II 3
CHEM 1152 Survey of Chemistry II 4
MATH 2101 (D or F) Introductory Statistics 3
HIST 2211 or 2212 (E1) American History I/II 3
E3 Social Science 3
    16
Sophomore Year - 1st Semester
Course Title Hours
BIOL 2210 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
C2 ENGL Literature or Philogophy 3
HIST 1121 or 1122
(E2)
Western Civilization I/II 3
PSYC 2103 Introduction to Human Growth and Development 3
E4 Social Science 3
    16
Sophomore Year - 2nd Semester
Course Title Hours
BIOL 2250 Microbiology for Health Sciences 4
BIOL 2211 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
CSCI 1101 or PSYC/SOCI from F
(depending on if 2101 used in D or F)
Introduction to Computer Programming or PSYC 2101 (Introduction to the Psychology of Adjustment) or SOCI 1160 (Introduction to Social Problems) or SOCI 2293 (Introductory to Marriage and Family) 3
COLQ Perspectives in Gerontology 3
Area B2 NURS XXXX 1
Area G2 Activity PE course 1
    16
Junior Year - 1st Semester
Course Title Hours
NURS 3010* Pathophysiology/Pharmacology 4
NURS 3011* Nursing Assessment in the Promotion of Health and Wellness 3
NURS 3012* Foundations of Professional Nursing Practice 6
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SAMPLE CURRICULUM FOR STUDENTS PURSUING
BSN

Junior Year - 2nd Semester
Course Title Hours
NURS 3212& Professional Nursing Practice I 7
NURS 3220* Perspectives in Mental Health Nursing 5
    12
Junior Year - 3rd Semester
Course Title Hours
NURS 3322* Evidence-Based Research in Nursing Practice 3
NURS 3324* Community Based Nursing 6
    9
Senior Year - 1st Semester
Course Title Hours
NURS 4412* Professional Nursing Practice II 8
NURS 4420* Perspectives in Maternal-Child Health Nursing 6
    14
Senior Year - 2nd Semester
Course Title Hours
NURS 4522* Leadership & Management for Nursing Practice 4
NURS 4512* Professional Nursing Senior Practicum 5
NURS 4524* Professional Nursing Transition to Practice 3
    12

Total of 120-124 hours

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Nursing Program Accreditation and Approval

The Gordon State College Pre-Licensure BSN Nursing Program has initial approval by the Georgia Board of Nursing. Accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in pending approval.

Information about approval and/or accreditation may be obtained from the following:

Georgia Board of Nursing
237 Coliseum Drive
Macon, GA 31217
(478) 207-2440
www.sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/45

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000
www.acenursing.org

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